Veteran screen star Helen Mirren was terrified about stripping for nude scenes in new movie Calendar Girls.

But the 57-year-old - notorious for shedding her clothes in raunchy movies such as CALIGULA - felt more sorry for other aged actresses who had to strip in the flick - because they'd never done it before.

Helen says, "We all had to take our clothes off in the key scene of the calendar being photographed.

"Even someone like me, who is used to it, was nervous. But imagine what it was like for Annette Crosbie, who is 70 years old and has never had to appear nude in a career stretching back 50 years."

Calendar Girls is based on a real-life events in April 1999 when members of a WOMEN'S INSTITUTE in the north of England decided to appear naked in a 2000 calendar to raise money for a local hospital.

17/07/2003 13:59